Crab- and Potato-Crusted Wahoo with Creamed Spinach and Bacon

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Crab- and Potato-Crusted Wahoo with Creamed Spinach and Bacon
John Demello

A combination of mashed potatoes, crabmeat, and basil give the wahoo in this recipe the perfect crust. It's crunchy texture is perfectly paired with creamed spinach and bacon to make it an overall appetizing dish with a nice balance of flavors and textures. 

4
Servings
818
Calories Per Serving
Deliver Ingredients

Ingredients

  • 1/2 Cup warm mashed potatoes
  • 1/2 Cup fresh lump crabmeat, picked over for shells
  • 1 Tablespoon julienned fresh basil
  • Four 7-ounce wahoo, or ono, fillets
  • 1 Tablespoon canola oil
  • 3 slices bacon
  • 1 Teaspoon minced shallot
  • 1 Teaspoon minced garlic
  • 12 Ounces spinach, washed and steamed
  • 1 Cup heavy cream
  • 4 carrots, thinly sliced, and blanched
  • Fresh whole basil leaves, for garnish

Directions

To prepare the wahoo, put the mashed potatoes in a bowl. Add the crabmeat, basil, salt and pepper to taste, and stir to thoroughly combine. Spread the mixture on one side of each wahoo fillet to form a crust. Heat the canola oil in a heavy nonstick sauté pan or skillet over medium heat. Add the fish, crust side down, and sauté for 3 minutes, until the crust turns golden brown. Turn the fillet over and sauté for about 2 minutes longer, or until opaque throughout. To prepare the spinach, heat a dry heavy sauté pan or skillet over medium heat for 2 minutes. Add the bacon and sauté for 4-5 minutes, until crisp. Remove and mince the bacon; set aside. Drain off all but 1 teaspoon of the bacon fat and increase the heat to medium-high. Add the shallot and garlic. Immediately add the spinach and cook until it begins to wilt. Transfer to a colander and press with the back of a wooden spoon to release excess moisture. Chop the spinach and set aside. Pour the cream into a saucepan and bring to a boil. Cook to reduce the cream by about 2/3 or until thickened and paste-like. Add the spinach and cook for about 1 minute. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Set aside and keep warm. In the center of warmed serving plates, arrange the blanched carrots, and top with the creamed spinach. Place the crusted wahoo on top of the spinach. Garnish the wahoo with the bacon and basil.

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Nutritional Facts

Total Fat
63g
97%
Sugar
5g
N/A
Saturated Fat
24g
100%
Cholesterol
251mg
84%
Protein
47g
95%
Carbs
16g
5%
Vitamin A
1269µg
100%
Vitamin B12
18µg
100%
Vitamin B6
1mg
59%
Vitamin C
30mg
49%
Vitamin D
32µg
8%
Vitamin E
7mg
35%
Vitamin K
438µg
100%
Calcium
191mg
19%
Fiber
4g
16%
Folate (food)
193µg
N/A
Folate equivalent (total)
193µg
48%
Iron
6mg
34%
Magnesium
243mg
61%
Monounsaturated
23g
N/A
Niacin (B3)
21mg
100%
Phosphorus
620mg
89%
Polyunsaturated
10g
N/A
Potassium
1517mg
43%
Riboflavin (B2)
0.9mg
54.1%
Sodium
637mg
27%
Thiamin (B1)
0.5mg
35.8%
Zinc
3mg
20%

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